6'0 tall, former athlete, mother of 3, struggling to keep up on the RUN of daily life.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Love on the Run

The Highlight of 2012 in Running for me was that Muscle Man became a RUNNER!!  What a blessing to have my main support system next to me stride for stride.. I have saved nearly all of the self portraits of Muscle Man and I on the run this year.. It may be a bit excessive but I thought it would be fun to post a bunch of them.  Running with my husband is the best!!  He has a real passion for running, and is already faster than me :)  With 2 Half Marathons and a 10 miler under his belt I am excited to see where running takes him.  He has always wanted to run a Marathon, I would LOVE to be next to him as he crosses that Finish Line!!

So there you have it... Through all the seasons, rain, sleet, snow, sun, HILLS, we have held strong together.  My partner in life is also my partner on the run.. And that makes my dimples shine..

I couldn't sleep

So I decided to revamp my Blog...simplify really.. There is too much going on and I can't keep up with all of it.. I have more tweaks I want to do the next few days.. will see if I get to it..

Today MM and I went for a run without the kiddos, thanks Tall Grandma, the most AMAZING thing happened...

As we approached the 2 mile mark a Large Bald Eagle swooped down to the water then flew up and landed in a tree next to the trail..

I was TIRED I didn't want to run and this simple event made me realize how much I love it and need it..

DailyMile tells me that I ran (and walked) 825+ miles this year!!  A far cry from my 1,000+++ miles in years past but I am happy with that number.. Many of the miles were spent with the people I love, running on my terms..

Do what you love because it fills you...when things feel stressful or like there is too much to fit it all in slow down, breathe and appreciate the moments... Life goes by too fast...

Thursday, December 13, 2012

You know what happens...

You know what happens when...

You don't update your blog often??

Spam Comments come flooding in

**Good grief.. I used to have the time to go and delete the spam comments, but it has gotten out of control.  During my Holiday break from work I plan to revamp the Blog a little and that will have to include a way to keep spammers away.. UGH!!

You know what happens when...

You take a couple weeks off for a hurt foot??

Your speed and endurace go WAY down

**Thanks to my friend Kerrie I realized that my foot pain was probably a result of playing volleyball in my low support running shoes.. I was so afraid it was a stress fracture that I took 2 weeks off to rest and recover.  I had it checked out and there was no stress fracture.. I still have some pain, but I have found a few ways to lessen the pain in the irritated area, lacing my shoes different, inserts for arch support etc.  It is hard to get back in shape for me this time of year...and now that my running buddy is so darn fast!!

You know what happens when...

You get home when it is dark

You get to run in the dark....

**This week to fit in a  (non-treadmill) 5K, Muscle Man the Little Studs and I went to the local highschool track in the rain and DARK.  Generally the track has the main field lights on, we were not that lucky this week.. There was light but not much of it.  We gave the boys the specific areas they could play in...I need some nighttime gear for my kids :)  Muscle Man and I started together but he is getting so fast, so I let him speed away as LS#2 asked me to walk with him.  I loved holding his hand and walking with him in the dark.  I was always afraid of the dark growing up so I can imagine that he needed me in that moment.   My overall time was slow, but it was a fun adventure and I got in my workout.

You know what happens when....

It is close to Winter on the Orting Foothills trail??

The Bald Eagles come out

**We ran a family 10K on Sunday and we saw 8 Bald Eagles perched in trees along the route.  I am a running birdwatching freak.. I get seriously excited every time I see a big bird along the way.  So this day I was super jazzed.  Muscle Man joked that we would also see the Bison that are almost never in the field, he was right.  We stopped a couple times to let the boys stretch, they were the worst they have ever been on the run...no more letting them stay up late the night before a long run.  We ended the run with a quick trip to the Orting bakery, YUMMY, gotta support local business.

You know what happens when...

It is almost Christmas

Time is spent with family and friends

**I can hardly wait for the Santa Runs 5K this weekend to be with my running buddies.  My family also has a tradition of making fudge every year, that is coming up too!!  So many great things :)  I have always wanted to host a Christmas Party at my house, I did not get organized enough to pull it off this year....maybe 2013 will be the year.. we'll see.

  • Happy Holidays friends- how are you doing with keeping up running?  Would love any tips you have for fighting fatigue and fitting it in.